Posts with the tag “decompression-sickness”
Mistakes and Bad Decisions
September 15th, 2022
It is a testament to DAN’s efficiency and reputation that the hospital didn’t once bother me about payment. I was on oxygen all night with occasional breaks for air since the hyperbaric doctor wouldn’...
DCS and Denial
May 30th, 2022
DCS is often unpredictable, but regardless of the dive profile, a diver who has symptoms after diving should be evaluated by a doctor. If you ever suspect DCS, trust your instincts and don’t delay — ...
More Than a Sore Shoulder
March 30th, 2022
When reflecting on what likely went wrong, I realized that my 15 minutes of cold decompression after 45 minutes of comfortably warm ongassing at depth was a textbook case of what not to do. While it w...
BACK TO BASICS : UNDERSTANDING DECOMPRESSION ILLNESS
January 18th, 2022
Divers face two types of decompression-related injury: decompression sickness (DCS) and arterial gas embolism (AGE). Collectively, these conditions are often lumped together and referred to as decompr...
DCS in Cozumel
July 30th, 2021
The reality is that not identifying a cause should not change your response to experiencing symptoms. There’s a tendency to not talk about getting DCS — the prevailing wisdom being that the diver must...
March 28th, 2020
A condition or injury that compromises the blood supply to tissues may theoretically impair inert gas uptake and elimination....
Nine factors that play a major role in a scuba diver’s dehydration
July 15th, 2019
Since blood is partially responsible for the transportation of nutrients and for gas exchange, thickened blood will affect the off-gassing of nitrogen and increase the risk of developing DCS....
Return to Diving
September 5th, 2018
Conservative diving is strongly recommended to avoid a repeat DCS incident. Being conservative is a trade-off. Divers want to maximize their bottom time to get the most out of every dive, but that max...
Physiology of Decompresssion sickness FAQ
April 10th, 2018
DCS does not typically present with isolated swelling in a small joint such as a finger or toe. As in above-water activities, fingers are susceptible to a wide range of mechanical injuries in diving....
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